Bean's World

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Je suis TRES desolee!

Well folks, I'm back. And I'm very bummed about it. J'adore Paris and I didn't want to leave. Four days were way too quick. Great hotel, great food, I have some disappointments and wishing I did some things differently, but overall a lovely, lovely stay.

A trip report will be forthcoming, with pix I took, but I want to make sure it turns out great before I post it.

I hope all of you had a great Turkey day. I ate lamb and foie gras for my thanksgiving dinner - YUM!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Au Revoir Mes Amis!

Well, I'm off to Paris today! In only 18 minutes, Mr. Bean will be picking me up so we can drive down to JFK airport and we fly out of the joint at 7:20 p.m.!

I'm excited about the trip but definitely not the flight. I REALLY hate flying so I'm stressed - but I have some good drugs (prescription meds people, not crack or meth - geez!) so I should be okay.

Wish me good flying; and I'll report back next week!

Ooh La La!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Dang, I look good!

So, as you all know, I'm going to gay Paris next week for Thanksgiving. So I decided that since (1) I've lost 55 pounds and (2) Paris is known to be a sophisticated and sexy place, it was time for a new sophisticated and sexy "parisian" hairdo for the trip.

And boy did I! I had hair to my shoulders - brunette with blond highlights. I wanted to go short - like Grey's Anatomy's McDreamy's sister's hair short. I even had the pictures ready. Mr. Bean - not so much. In fact, I got a big "NO", "I want it longer" and even more "NO"'s. Well, I finally wore him down. I could go short if I dyed it black. See, I have blue eyes that he loves; so he thought that if I dyed it black, my blue eyes would show even more.

So, I did it last night - it's very short and very, very, VERY dark brown. My hair stylist wouldn't go black b/c she said with my complexion it wouldn't look good. But it's so dark brown it might as well be black.


So now I'm all sophisticated and sexy and ready to go to PARIS!!!!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Another Crazy Weekend While the Best Friend was in Town!

So my best friend came to town this weekend. We spent a VERY LONG day in NYC. Left at 6 am by amtrak and got to NYC by 8:25 a.m. Left NYC at 9:45 p.m. to get back home by 1 a.m. And yes, although exhausting, was an absolutely blast.

Started the day at the Stardust Diner for breakfast – 1650 Broadway, corner of Broadway and 51st, 212-956-5151. This is the place which had singing waiters/waitresses and was a fun place. It was great for a quick breakfast and was only a block away from Radio City Music Hall. Friend had bagel and fruit cup and I had egg white omelet and fruit cup. With two coffees, it was about $26.

We next went to the 10 am performance of the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. Although I've lived in New York for 12+ years, I still hadn't gone to this show. We only went because I got discount tix ($20 plus fee). We literally had the VERY last row in the third mezzanine, center. I was very worried we couldn't see but the seats were amazing. We had a great view and I even got some great photos. I'm a gal that prefers the balcony over orchestra and I was very pleased. So, I wouldn't worry if you feel you got a seat very far back at this show because all seats seem great. If I can sit in the last row and love it, I wouldn't worry about other seats. The show itself was great, it even had a 3D movie; and at an hour and a half, not too long.

We next walked from 51st to 46th to go to lunch at my fave italian restaurant in NYC: Becco, 355 West 46th Street – walk to 46th street, take a right and then between 8th and 9th avenue, right side. I went here last year due to a Fodorite's recommendation and now won't go anywhere else for italian. I had their pasta special with antipasto and then three all you can eat pastas - this day, a mushroom ravioli, bolognase and another yummy pasta, a bottle of wine (all are only $25 each) and my friend had a tenderloin of beef with arugula (YUM!) and their most delicious bread. It was about $72 before tip and worth every penny.

We then waddled over to the to Broadway show “The Wedding Singer” – at 2 pm. - Al Hirshfeld Theater - 302 W 45th Street | between 8th & 9th Avenues, which we enjoyed very much. The theatre was smaller than I expected; and as usual, the seats VERY crowded. We had the balcony, middle 5th row and loved our seats. The show was great; however, if you are one who does not like swear words, you may not like this show as there were quite a few. I didn't care, but I wondered how the parents felt with children. I would totally recommend this show.

After the show, we walked back up broadway to go to the Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center. It's on the 67th floor and was stunning. There is also a surprise in the elevator on the way up which I won't spoil here, but it was really neat. We got $2 off coupons from Radio City, but it was still expensive at $18. I thought it was pricey; but we enjoyed the view. The only thing I didn't like was that the way they have the edge, you can't really see down at the streets below, you can only see out.

We then continued our walk (and looking at all of the purse street vendors - my friend bought 4 purses and by the end I told her if I saw one more purse I was going to scream) and we went to dinner at the Jeckyll and Hyde Club at 1409 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, 212.541.9505, on Avenue of Americas b/w 57th and 58th street, left side of street if walking north. For some reason she loves this place, and as it was her vacation, I let her choose. It is a four story restaurant that is like a haunted house with characters and monsters that entertain you while you eat. We had to wait in line to get in which took about 30 minutes, but once we were in, we got seated right away. Dinner was fine (I was still stuffed from dinner so I didn't eat much) and this would be a place kids were really love.

So all in all, a great, exhausting trip which my best friend loved. We got on our train at 9:45 p.m. and the next thing I knew, it was midnight and we were almost back to our station.

Sunday, we rested (thank god) and went to see the Will Ferrall movie "Stranger than Fiction". So not your usual Will Ferrall movie but it was VERY good. It was a deep movie and reminded me a bit of "Being John Malkovich" and I was really impressed with Will. I would recommend it. I did, however, feel sorry for the four preteen boys behind us as this was not what they were expecting, I'm sure. They were very good though so I appreciated it.

We then went to dinner with some friends of mine in town for her final night.

She left this morning and I miss her already. Love ya babe!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

I'm a sucker for a good show!

So my best friend is coming to town tomorrow - YIPPY! So as a result, we are spending a REALLY long day in NYC - taking a train down at 6 am, going to the 10 am show of Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular, going to lunch at my fave italian restaurant Becco's, going to see the "Wedding Singer" on Broadway at 2 p.m, going to the Top of the Rock, and going to dinner at the Jekyll & Hyde Club and taking the 9:45 p.m. train back! Talk about an exhausting but fun day!

Then sunday we're going to Cooperstown. By Monday, I'm going to be a basketcase!

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Thank God the Elections are Over

I think November 8, 2006 is one happy day. And it's only because this date means the elections are finally over. No more flyers, no more ads, no more Politicians' evil tyrades. (okay, so it didn't rhyme as much as I wanted it to).

I really think this year was bad with all of the slams politicians made towards each other. But it was interesting to see the upsets.

Now, I can be at peace without political ads in my life. How will I survive until next September?

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Merry Christmas to me!

So, I just found out I have to have surgery in December. Second time this year and third time overall. Not a good thing to find out about, to say the least. The drama never seems to end; and boy, do I HATE drama.

So think good thoughts for me please - thanks!